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Feb
4
9:30 am09:30

Help Us Support Samuel "Peaches" Maxwell's Recovery After Surviving the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire

Most people have already forgotten the horror of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland last October - only a few months ago. Here is someone who hasn't.

Samuel "Peaches" Maxwell is a dear friend of one of our founding members. Please support this fellow survivor and friend of the Oakland arts community. We need Peaches along with everyone still in rehab to stand up and fight with us.


The Story from YouCaring:

Sam Maxwell - affectionately known as Peaches to his many friends - has been fighting for his life. Please help him. 

According to witnesses, Sam was the last person to leave the burning building at the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland on the night of December 2, 2016. He had the presence of mind to call friends and ask to be taken to Highlands Hospital. 36 other people were not as fortunate. He texted his parents, saying I'm alive. I'm out."

Sam was in a medical coma for four weeks, and is still in the critical care unit in the hospital. He avoided skin burns (apparently by crawling on the floor to get out), but suffered serious smoke inhalation and numerous complications. He is facing extensive physical and emotional rehabilitation. He will need considerable support during that journey. He has suffered as serious a loss as anyone affected by this fire who is still living. You can help him become whole again.

Feb
3
10:00 am10:00

Fire Safety Abroad: How college students studying overseas can stay fire safe

Originally published by NFPA Journal.

In 2010, my daughter headed off to study abroad in Barcelona. Since I work in fire safety, I’m sure I told her to be careful and to always look for a way out every time she entered a building. However, back then I don’t think I fully grasped the differences between the United States and other countries when it came to fire safety and public education. I do now.

This fall, I attended the Center for Campus Fire Safety’s Annual Campus Fire Forum and listened to representatives from the Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation. The foundation is devoted to making studying abroad more fire safe for the approximately 300,000 U.S. students studying in other countries as part of their college experience. Read more...

Dec
2
1:00 pm13:00

OUR RESPONSE TO THE GHOST SHIP TRAGEDY

Our Board wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were lost in the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland and to the first responders working the scene on December 2nd and the days that followed. We are fortunate to have such thorough fire safety standards in the United States, but we continue to see how factors like income and status can cause these safeguards to degrade.

Housing crises in cities worldwide force students, artists, immigrants, and many more struggling communities to live in dwellings that are inherently less safe. This danger isn’t limited to large gatherings – people live in dangerously crowded quarters every day. Many are forced to live outside of laws that are meant to keep them safe just to survive. LGBTQ folks constantly struggle for their safety from violence and discrimination – one in five transgender people in the United States has experienced discrimination when seeking a home, and two out of five young people who are homeless identify as LGBTQ.

Our foundation was established on an idea that we knew would resonate with Jasmine’s spirit – that no matter who you are or where you live, you deserve access to safety. The individuals who lost their lives in the fire inspired their community, and their vibrant spirits will continue to reverberate beyond the countless lives they touched. We are here for the grieving parents, partners, families, and friends and we’ve reached out to our partners in fire services in the Bay Area to find out how we can continue to offer support.

Here are some useful resources:

Here are the GoFundMe campaigns for the families and residents affected by the fire:

May
29
12:00 pm12:00

JUSTICE Goes to Denver, CO

JUSTICE will present at the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo: "New Horizons in International Education" in Denver, CO with Robert Hallworth of The George Washington University. 

Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

JUSTICE Goes to Montour Falls, NY

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) and New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) are pleased to announce the following programs that will be offered during the 43rd Annual Fire & Life Safety Educators’ Conference. Featuring workshops, hands-on training sessions, and networking activities, this weekend event brings together public educators in the emergency services field from throughout the Northeast and Canada to learn how they can enhance their programs.
 


This year’s event will be held April 29 – May 1, 2016, at the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY. Programs will include:

Friday Pre-Conference Sessions

  • "Fire Safety for the Rest of Your Life 24/7 365" – Tim Boel, East Greenbush Fire Department and NYSAFC Pub-Ed Committee vice chairman
  •  "How to Execute a Mock Dorm Room Burn" – OFPC

Saturday and Sunday General Session and Breakout Sessions

  • Keynote Address: "Passport to Fire Safety" – Grace Flott, Jasmine’s Justice
  • General Session: "Strive to Survive" – Thomas Dunne, FDNY (retired)
  • "Fire and Injury Prevention Education: Making It Work Together" – Kim O’Malley, Delaware State Fire
  • "Hoarding: What the Fire Service Needs to Know" – Meredith Hawes, NFPA
  • "Fire Prevention in the Land of Nettles" – Oriskany Fire Department
  • "Remember Me?" – Patricia Couture
  • "Water Safety Initiative" – Robert Hazen, End Drowning Now
  • "High School and College Students Fire Safety" – Ronald Wamsley, City of Oneonta Fire Department
  • "Fire Prevention 101" – Stephen Kelley, Port Ewen Fire Department
  • "Home Fire Sprinkler Awareness for the Life Safety Educator" – Chris Whitby, OFPC
  • "The Ins and Outs of Sparkling Devices" – Kayley Morgan, OFPC
Mar
29
12:00 pm12:00

JUSTICE Goes to Atlanta, GA

JUSTICE will present at The Forum on Education Abroad's 13th Annual Conference,
"Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum." The Forum’s conference focuses on the student’s education abroad experience.

Mar
26
3:00 pm15:00

JUSTICE Goes to New Orleans, LA

We are in New Orleans sharing our resources with the Forum on Education Abroad! We had a lively conversation with educators from around the world who share our dedication to keeping students safe.

Nov
15
3:00 pm15:00

JUSTICE, CCFS, and Kidde Launch Passport to Fire Safety

The Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation has partnered with the Center for Campus Fire Safety, Kidde Fire Safety Products, and the George Washington University to launch a program that will make life-saving fire prevention equipment easier to access overseas.

“Passport to Fire Safety” is a new program created for the 280,000 U.S. college students traveling abroad each year to prepare for the increased risk of fire-related incidents outside the United States. The program will streamline access to life-saving fire safety equipment such as smoke alarms and portable escape ladders for students and educators in study abroad programs around the world.

Currently, travelers and study abroad program administrators can use the website www.passporttofiresafety.org to order smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and escape ladders with free shipping to several countries in Europe.

“Passport to Fire Safety” was created by a coalition of fire safety organizations including The Center for Campus Fire Safety, Kidde Fire Safety Products, the Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation, and The George Washington University. The program was launched at Universities across the country in September during National Campus Fire Safety Month.

In 2011, Jasmine Jahanshahi died in a Paris apartment fire that killed three other exchange students and seriously injured dozens more. The building did not have working smoke alarms or escape ladders. “For many students, the opportunity to study abroad is a highlight of their collegiate experience,” said Tom Hayden, a Board member and George Washington University Inspections Supervisor. “While preparation often centers on personal safety and cultural differences, students and families may overlook the risk of fires in countries where smoke alarms and other fire safety devices may not be required in homes or up-to-date.”

The program will focus initially on students studying in Europe with plans to expand as the coalition develops. “This partnership resolved the logistical challenge of shipping this equipment to students around the world so that our organization can continue to focus more on awareness and education,” said Sarah Blanc, a Board member of the Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation.

Visit www.passporttofiresafety.org to learn more about the program, choose from a variety of battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, fire escape ladders, and fire extinguishers.

“Together we can save the lives of other bright students, today and in the future,” said Reza Djahanshahi, Jasmine’s father and president of the Foundation. To learn more about The Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation, visit www.firesafetyfoundation.org.

Nov
5
3:30 pm15:30

JUSTICE Goes to St. Louis, MO

Today we launched a nationwide program called "Passport to Fire Safety" at the 2013 Campus Fire Forum in St. Louis. This coalition between the Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation, the Center for Campus Fire Safety, and Kidde Corporation will increase access to fire safety equipment for study abroad coordinators and students.

Jun
7
3:30 pm15:30

Outreach to Health and Safety Managers

This morning, Zoe Friedland gave a presentation on JUSTICE to a group of 50 emergency managers in higher education. The audience was incredibly receptive and motivated to help us share our message. Many thanks to Tom Hayden at George Washington University for setting up this invaluable opportunity to reach more safety professionals!

Jul
30
3:00 pm15:00

JUSTICE Goes to Washington, D.C.

On June 12, JUSTICE had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice Institute's 2012 conference: "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety & Security."  We put together a 90 minute panel and flew seven of our board members to Washington D.C.

Mar
30
3:00 pm15:00

Our Sincere Condolences to the Haghayegh Family

Its with heavy heart and deepest sorrow to inform you of the sudden passing of Amir Haghayegh on Wednesday. He was one of Farbia Haghayegh’s brothers. Fariba is a very dear friend.

The kind and generous family is well known throughout the community and most of us remember Amir’s infectious laughter and positive attitude.

While his family tries to come to terms with his sudden loss, as always their thoughtfulness shines over our community again.

[Condolence] Its with heavy heart and deepest sorrow to inform you of the sudden passing of Amir Haghayegh on Wednesday. He was one of Farbia Haghayegh’s brothers. Fariba is a very dear friend.

The kind and generous family is well known throughout the community and most of us remember Amir’s infectious laughter and positive attitude.

While his family tries to come to terms with his sudden loss, as always their thoughtfulness shines over our community again.

Fariba Haghayegh, on behalf of her family, is requesting from the community not to bring or, send flowers but instead to please donate the funds to Jasmine Fire Saftey Foundation: www.firesafetyfoundation.org

My condolences to the entire family members whom I personally love very much, and always feel very attached to them.

Oct
30
3:00 pm15:00

London Fire: TRAGEDY PREVENTED BY WORKING SMOKE ALARMS

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I just wanted to share this story because it really demonstrates the importance of the Foundation's work.

A few days ago, at around 10 PM, the smoke alarm went off in my apartment in London. I am living on the 6th floor, and when we opened the door to make our way down the stairs, smoke was quickly rising. We ran down the stairs as quickly as possible, and by the time we got to the first floor, there was so much smoke it was impossible to see or breathe.

A few days ago, at around 10 PM, the smoke alarm went off in my apartment in London. I am living on the 6th floor, and when we opened the door to make our way down the stairs, smoke was quickly rising. We ran down the stairs as quickly as possible, and by the time we got to the first floor, there was so much smoke it was impossible to see or breathe.

Firemen arrived in 5 minutes and put out a kitchen fire in the basement. The good news was that the smoke alarm was extremely effective. It alerted us on the highest floor of the building about a fire in the basement almost immediately. The bad news is that there is no other fire escape except for the regular stairs. There is a way to get out of the bathroom window and onto the roof, but then there are no stairs leading down. I have ordered a ladder from the Foundation.

This experience really hit too close to home for me. Six londoners died in a house fire a few weeks ago. The smoke alarms worked and got everyone out of the building safely. The work we are doing is SO important. Every smoke alarm we provide is a real chance to save a life.

Thank you for your continued support!